Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W11
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Using Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies to Increase Social Skills in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Friday, May 26, 2006
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Mary Ellen McDonald, Ph.D.
MARY ELLEN MCDONALD (Eden II Programs/The Genesis School), SHARON A. REEVE (Caldwell College)
Description: Individuals with autism exhibit many deficits in the area of socialization. It is often thought that behavior analysts are well equipped to decrease problematic behavior but are less equipped to teach adaptive behavior. Behavior analysts actually can teach social skills to individuals with autism and have many skills that will assist them in this endeavor. This workshop will focus on the role of stimulus control in the development of social skills. A blueprint for developing skills will be reviewed and specific teaching strategies based in applied behavior analysis will be discussed. Specific strategies will include the use of modeling, behavioral rehearsal, video modeling and video rehearsal, cognitive picture rehearsal and conducting ABC analyses on student's social behavior.
Learning Objectives: At completion of the workshop participants will have learned: 1. The role of stimulus control in social skill development. 2. How to use a blueprint to design a social skill development program. 3. How to operationalize social concepts such as "friendship" 4. How behavioral rehearsal can be used effectively with individuals with autism. 5. How cognitive picture rehearsal can be used to increase appropriate social behavior. 6. How to use self-monitoring techniques with individuals with autism to promote independence in their social skills. 7. How to teach a particular social skill using behavioral principles (e.g, task analysis, etc).
Activities: Participants will watch video clips depicting a variety of behavioral strategies that can be used to teach social skills. Specific activities will include creating drawings to be used for cognitive picture rehearsal, developing a story about a particular social situation and operationalizing and task analyzing specific social skills.
Audience: Psychologists, special educators, consultants, social workers, speech pathologists, parents
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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